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PST Names: Joshua Taratuta and Daniel Sutton

Topic: Earth and Space

Year Level: 5 Unit overview

Science outcomes

Lesson 1

To capture students
interest and find out
what they think they
know about the Earth as
part of a system of
planets orbiting a star
(the Sun).
To elicit students
questions about how
humans have sought to
explore and understand
Earths place in Space.

Lesson 2

How planets in the Solar

System orbit the Sun,
and moons orbit the

Literacy outcomes

Why do we use a
TWLH chart?
What does a TWLH
chart include?

Why do we use a flow

What does a flow
chart include?

Lesson Summary

Students learn about the topic Diagnosticwe are studying, find out what Through the use of
the students know through
the brainstorm find
the use of brainstorming
out what students
students write down what
know about the
they know, they then share
topic of earth and
their information with a
space before we
partner and then share with
the whole group. Discuss how
we learn information such as
claims, discuss how we know
the earth isnt flat this is done
through the use of the
cartoon about Eratosthenes.
Students are then shown the
three claims about how the
moon, sun and earth orbit,
and which claim they believe
in. Students then draw a
picture about their
understanding of the claim
they believe in.
Discuss what we did last
Formative- See
week, go outside and look at
how students
the sun, talk about if its
always in same spot. Go back understanding of
into classroom talk about the
the topic through

Lesson 3

Develop an
understanding of our
solar system and what
different things make up
our solar system
To gauge an
understanding of orbital
patterns within a solar
system and elicit learn
about what is the 'centre'
of our universe.
Identify that the Earth
orbits the Sun in a year,
the Moon orbits the Earth
in a month and the Earth
rotates on its axis in a

Why do we use a
factual recount?
What does a factual
recount include?

way the sun, moon and stars

move, do they move or does
earth moon, why do some
things appear brighter than
others? Is the moon always
the same shape? Students
then draw a flowchart of the
sun in the sky at different
times of the day. We then go
outside again and observe the
position of the sun again to
see if sun has moved position.
Discuss orbiting and what this
means to students. Use open
ended questions to gauge
understanding of students
knowledge. Identify with
students that Earth orbits the
Sun in a year, the Moon orbits
the Earth in a month and the
Earth rotates on its axis in a

group discussions
as well as
observing their
drawings and
questioning them
while they are

understanding and
giving the students
feedback that
helps extend their

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6


Explore the composition

and properties of
different objects of the
Solar System,
including planets,
moons, comets and

Students choice a planet to

explore they use the internet
to find out information about
this planet. Students then
draw their planet and write up
information they found
interesting about the planet.

Formative- While
students are
researching discuss
with them
information they
have found and
compare their
drawings of the
planets, and look at
the information
students have
Explore the composition
Students finish off the task
Summative- Solar
and properties of
from last week and we start to System model and
different objects of the
make the solar system model. discuss about what
Solar System,
Students make the planet
we learned
including planets,
they have researched using
throughout the unit
moons, comets and
the craft materials provided
when it is finished we discuss
with the students the
positioning of all the planets
and the sun
Identify that the Earth is
Continue making the solar
Summative- Solar
part of a Solar System
system and discuss what we
System model and
orbiting the Sun while it
have learned throughout the
discuss about what
rotates on its axis
unit and what the students
we learned
are going to tell their peers
throughout the unit
during the celebration day
Students present the Solar system model to the group and talk about what they have learned
throughout the unit.